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The Navy Is Finally Coming Out With A New PT Uniform!
Sailors, rejoice! The much-despised yellow (er, "gold") Navy PT uniform is going the way of bell-bottom trousers. Starting in October, sailors can purchase the Optional Physical Training Uniform at Navy Exchange Uniform and Customer Care, Navy officials said.
- The golden PT top will be banished! Instead, sailors will be able to wear a blue T-shirt with an eagle design on the left chest and “America’s Navy Forged By The Sea” written on the back, according to NAVADMIN 163/18.
- The running shorts will have the Navy’s logo on the front left leg and a zippered pocket on the back right side, according to the Navy-wide message – the most important document on maritime affairs since Alfred Thayer Mahan’s classic “The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire.”
- Commands will decide if and when to allow sailors to wear the new uniform during PT, Navy officials said. The Navy has not yet determined how much the new uniform costs. When it becomes a seabag item, the clothing allowance for enlisted sailors will be adjusted to cover the expense.
- So far, the Navy has not determined the timeline for phasing out the current PT uniform, so don’t deep-six the golden top just yet, service officials said.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.